Freedom Dreams was a 2015 collaboration between PNAP and the Social Justice Initiative at UIC that made connections between artists in and outside of prison. Chicago-area artists were commissioned to respond to writing developed by men in PNAP’s “Freedom Dreams” cultural studies class at Stateville Prison taught by Alice Kim. Together, their writings and artworks—ranging from print and sculpture to photography and collage—urged the public to reconsider, rethink, and reimagine what freedom means, especially in the context of an ever-growing prison nation. The show was co-curated by Alice Kim, Ivan Arenas, and Sarah Ross.


Freedom Dreams
2016; Social Justice Initiative Pop-up Art Space, Chicago


Aaron Hughes

Abdul Malik Muhammad

Assata’s Daughters

Cairá Lee Conner

Damon Locks

Demetrius Cunningham

Derrick “Ricky” Echols

Dorothy Burge

Dustin Sherwood Clay

Eve Ewing

Eric Blackmon

Fereshteh Toosi

Gerald Reed

Kiar Brown

Krista Franklin

Markus Buchanan

Mirtes Zwierzynski

Monica Trinidad

Phillip Hartsfield

Ricky Patterson

Rodney Clemons

Sherwin Ovid

Victoria Martinez

William Buck